Saul’s heart and mine

Re: Verse reading – 1 Samuel 15:1-35 (day seven) 
” ‘But I did obey the Lord,’ Saul said.”  (v 20) I have been thinking this week of Abraham, how FULLY he obeyed God.  Even to the point of sacrificing his own son.  See Genesis 22.  I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been, but need to do so because obedience to God doesn’t allow me to “lean on my own understanding” and omit the rest.  I have Saul’ heart.  (Apart from the grace of God his heart is ALL that I would have.)  My tendency is to propose a new definition for obedience.  Doing “mostly” what God requires and rationalizing the rest, being self-deceived that partial obedience is enough.  That’s what I do.  What Saul did.  It does not work.  Ever.  What God wants, requires, deserves is the full surrender of my will, a deep change in my heart.  I suspect Saul looked back with regret.  Unless I take different steps, I will too.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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